Saccenti quoted in USA Today article

For years, an increasing number of university police departments have been arming their officers to deal with potential threats on campus. The numbers continue to grow, campus law enforcement officials say, even after the deadly shooting at the University of Cincinnati. Tom Saccenti, Furman’s chief of police, was quoted in a USA Today article about […]

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Furman Singers Reunion, no ordinary gathering

When the Furman Singers convene for their 19th Biennial Reunion, Singers director Hugh Floyd says, “The singing is amazing, the fellowship is genuine and full of fun, and we all go away with a great booster-shot of joy and satisfaction when we depart on Sunday afternoon.” An event that spans multiple generations and draws alumni […]

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C. Brooke Ring casts wide net on Etsy

Chelsea Brooke Ring, a 2012 Furman graduate and graphic designer at Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, S.C., says, “Social media has changed everything for artists. [We] have all these avenues for selling and connecting with customers online …” The art major says she can reach a wider audience through online channels like Etsy than […]

Duke Energy turns to Riley Institute

When company officials and employees at corporate giant Duke Energy sought a meaningful response to the tragic June 17 shootings at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, they directed their attention to the Riley Institute at Furman. Two institute programs, the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Emerging Public Leaders, will be expanded due to new […]

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2006 Furman graduate Dickson receives M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard

Anyone who develops a shortcut for calculus should be awarded a Nobel Prize. But Furman biology and chemistry double major John Dickson will have to settle for an M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. The 2006 Furman graduate from Gaffney, S.C. received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in 2013 from the Ivy League […]


Onward and upward for Yik Yak

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook. The anonymous messaging app, created by Furman graduates Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, is now used by millions of students on more than 1,600 college campuses from Ireland to New Zealand. […]

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Sarah Clanton moves to Music City

2007 Furman graduate Sarah Clanton was still a Furman student when she fell in love with Nashville. After making Greenville her home for many years, the singer/songwriter/cellist followed her heart to the place where she discovered “you can make a good living as a musician.” The communications studies major/music minor returned to Greenville recently to […]


Myanmar, Interrupted

Last week, officials announced that Myanmar is slated to go to the ballot box on Nov. 8 for what will be the country’s first open general election in 25 years. Understanding the election’s political stakes requires a look back at the past few years, which have seen some promising developments. Brandon Tensley, a freelance journalist […]


Great summer (and Southern) reading

NPR‘s Audie Cornish talked recently with Kyle Jones of the Bitter Southerner about some highly-anticipated books coming from Southern writers this summer. One of those mentioned was “The World is on Fire” by Furman English professor Joni Tevis. Jones called the stories “apocalyptic in nature” and said “each story is wrapped around a different place, […]

Becoming informed and engaged citizens

Across a variety of disciplines, Furman’s faculty and staff ask the students to consider the fundamental question, “How Shall I Live?,” both in the classroom and throughout their extracurricular and service experiences. It is also a question we ask ourselves as members of a democracy, which thrives only with an informed and engaged citizenry. In […]